Friday’s Mini-Report

FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* China’s best known dissident becomes the first Chinese citizen to win the Peace Prize: “Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his writings, won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in recognition of his pursuit of nonviolent political reform in the world’s most populous country.”

* Foreclosures: “Bank of America, the country’s largest bank, said on Friday that it was halting all foreclosure proceedings and sales of foreclosed homes indefinitely.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is calling on other major lenders to do the same.

* Gen. James Jones departs as President Obama’s national security adviser. His successor will be his deputy, Thomas Donilon.

* Wall Street ended the week on a high note, not because the economy is looking up, but because it isn’t: “The Dow Jones industrial average closed Friday above 11,000 for the first time since early May as the markets digested news of another weak report on unemployment, fueling expectations the Federal Reserve will step in to help the economy.”

* Would New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reverse course on the proposed rail tunnel under the Hudson River? Maybe. (I’m not sure why he couldn’t think this through before making an announcement yesterday.)

* What’s been killing off honeybees over the last several years? Military scientists and entomologists close in on the culprit.

* Michael Mann has some first-hand experience with the issue that gives his op-ed added weight: “Get the anti-science bent out of politics.”

* The Rachel Maddow Show has an idea for re-naming my monthly jobs chart. Works for me.

* On a related note, “Where Are The Jobs?” The GOP blocked them.

* Sarabeth has some worthwhile thoughts on the future of the foreclosure crisis, and why it might slowly get bigger.

* Kevin Drum has a compelling defense of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) low-key, behind-the-scenes style.

* Graduation rates: community colleges vs. for-profits.

* And last week, extremist Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) in Nevada made some wildly ridiculous public remarks about Sharia Law being a threat to America. Greg Sargent has the audio and a partial transcript, and if anything, the remarks seem even worse.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.